Marvel Studios; A24; Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Animation Everything Everywhere All At Once, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, Spiderman: No Way Home
Thanks to Marvel and now the surprise hit Everything Everywhere All at Once, the multiverse has officially become part of the pop culture lexicon. Recent blockbusters like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man: No Way Home both had main storylines that leaned heavily on exploring the multiverse within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And 2018's animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was applauded for it's ambitious introduction of the many Spider-men, women and animals that live within the different universes. With all this talk of differing dimensions, we asked both our staff and readers in a poll posted on EW's Twitter to sound off on which multiverse movie is their favorite.
For EW staff it was between Everything Everywhere All at Once, the action-packed and heartfelt story of a mother who fights peculiar forces and faces her fears in different universes, getting 43 percent of the vote. And Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which will soon be getting a sequel titled Across the Spider-Verse, scoring 47 percent of the vote.
Our readers on the other hand made it a very close call. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which followed Stephen Strange's quest to stop Wanda's full decent into Scarlet Witch evil territory got 22 percent of the vote. EEAAO got 25 percent and Into the Spider-Verse landed 26. But it was Spider-Man: No Way Home, the record-breaking movie that brought Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's live action Spider-Men from their respective universes into Tom Holland's, that scored the top spot with 27 percent.
The very definition of multiverse turned into a contentious debate among EW staffers. Social media editor Alexis Wilson mentioned animated classics Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones. "Roger Rabbit is a masterpiece but it's not about the multiverse, come on," proclaimed EW news writer Christian Holub. "It imagines a world where cartoons and humans work side by side! It's not about different worlds intersecting!" To which fellow writer Maureen Lenker insisted: "Just cause it's not our reality doesn't make it a multiverse."
The LEGO Movies, Space Jam, Happy Death Day and Groundhog Day were also thrown into the ring of possible multiverse picks. But ultimately it came down to one requirement for what constitutes a multiverse movie. Holub, who has written extensively about the topic, jokingly declared: "In order to be a multiverse movie, a character in the movie has to say the word multiverse."
Do you agree with the results? Let us know in the comments! And if you're not on social media but would like to weigh in on this debate, here's another chance to vote, right here in the poll below.